Columbia model ship (50cm)

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Columbia was chosen to represent the New York Yacht Club in the America’s Cup challenge race of 1899. Designed by Nathan Herreshoff, she played a major role in the evolution of racing yachts.



Columbia model ship

Columbia was an American racing yacht built in 1899 for the America’s Cup races. She was the defender of the tenth America’s Cup race that same year against British challenger Shamrock as well as the defender of the eleventh America’s Cup race in 1901 against British challenger Shamrock II. She was the first vessel to win the trophy twice in a row (a record not equaled until Intrepid’s back-to-back wins in 1967 and 1970.)

The Columbia was much more than just a fast sloop; she was pure racing machine. She possessed a deep, heavy keel weighted with 90 tons of ballast to stabilized her hull, undercut to reduce her drag in the water. Her bow and stern sloped sharply upwards to gain water line length (and thus speed) when she was heeled over. She employed many weight-saving innovations in her hull structure.

columbia model ship

In 1899, she accepted the challenge of Sir Thomas Lipton who was determined to retake the cup for Britain. She took on the Shamrock, a long, lean beauty with a fearsome reputation for speed. Under gale conditions, Columbia proved her mettle to win three straight races by huge margins. She repeated her victory against Shamrock II in 1901.

columbia model ship

Columbia model ship is hand-crafted from hard wood with planks on frame construction. Columbia model ship is fully assembled and ready for display.

Note: Our craftsmen are always choose the color of wood to be consistent. However, the natural color of the wood use sometimes is not 100% exactly the same with the pictures.

**Model boat might packed with mast fold flat down to minimise the shipping cost**

Additional information

Weight 15 kg
Dimensions 100 x 33 x 75 cm

Black/ red, White/ brown

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